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About Anne Thistleton Counselling

Anne Thistleton Counselling is a child, adult, parenting, family and relationships counselling service, which specialises in Individual, Relationships & Family Counselling, and Sandplay Therapy & Symbolwork for both adults and children.

Anne Thistleton Counselling focuses on supporting clients who present with the follow concerns:

Infants, Children and Adolescents Aged birth to 17 years:

Birth trauma, sleep distrubances, fears, nightmares, sleep disturbances, anxiety, crying a lot, clingy behaviour, depression, self-esteem issues, aggression/acting out, ADD/ADHD, grief and loss issues, school issues - bullying, social, behavioural, learning difficulties, relationship issues - school, peers, family.

Adults Aged 18+:

Depression - including pre and post-natal depression, Birth Trauma, PTSD, Self-esteem issues, relationship issues, communication issues, grief and loss issues, parenting concerns, workplace bullying and harassment.

Anne Thistleton Counselling also provides birth debriefing for new mothers / parents, along with on-going post-natal counselling and support.

My Location & Contact Details:

Anne Thistleton Counselling rooms are located in Brisbane's western suburbs. 

Anne Thistleton Counselling also offers counselling sessions and parenting support via Skype.

In-home counselling sessions are available within the general Brisbane area (within 30 kms of my rooms).

You can contact Anne Thistleton Counselling by phoning: 0420 942 256

My Rooms:

My counselling rooms are decorated in restful, earth tones to provide a gentle, welcoming space where clients can feel calm, safe and grounded.

Unfortunately, we do not have waiting facilities, as the counselling rooms are within a private home.

The Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre is located nearby on Dandenong Rd, and hosts most major retailers, and several coffee shops. Rocks River Park, at Seventeen Mile Rocks, is about 6 minutes drive from my rooms.  Homemaker City – located in Goggs Rd (just off the Centenary Highway) is a 5 minute drive from my rooms.

Considerations for your Counselling Session:

Prior to working with children, parents are required to participate in an intitial interview to discuss their concerns with me. The purpose of this interview is for me to gain a more detailed history of your child, as well as some background information regarding the presenting concerns.  It is also recommended that parents  participate in their own therapeutic support, sandplay sessions, personal development or receive ongoing parenting support while their child is receiving therapeutic support.  Anne Thistleton Counselling offers a range of individual, couple and parenting counselling and support services. 
Anne Thistleton Counselling also offers the following parenting courses:
  • The HUG Your Baby Program
  • Gottman Bring Baby Home Program
  • Gottman Emotion Coaching Program
  • The Circle of Security Program
  • Infant Massage Lessons
Post Session Considerations: 
Try to schedule some time immediately afterwards (either at home or in an alternate space) to allow for relaxation and the integration of session material for your child and/or for yourself.

From time to time, clients may experience a continued emergence of feelings immediately or some time after the session or in the days following. If there are any significant changes that are worrying to you, please make contact with me via text or email to discuss your concerns.

Be aware of changes in your child(ren), and respond with closeness, understanding, support and security. Please make contact with me via text or email if you have any questions or concerns.


As an adult, the content of your appointment is confidential, except in circumstances required by law.

Children are afforded the same right to confidentiality as adults.

The boundaries of confidentiality will be explained to you or your child during your/their first session.

Appointment Availability:

Wednesday   3.30 pm  5.00 pm   6.30 pm  8.00 pm

Thursday 8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00 pm  3.30 pm

Friday 8.00 am  9.30 am  11.00 am  12.30 pm  2.00pm  3.30 pm

Saturday morning   9.00 am  11 am  ... min 90 minute sessions

Fees (per appointment):

Children 18 months to 17 years

Initial Appointment:        $245.00 (please allow 2.5 hours for the initial session). 

  The fee for this initial session includes a detailed intake process, and an initial meeting/session with parents.

Thereafter:                     $95 per session (up to 45 minutes)  or  $145.00 per session (up to 90 minutes)

                                       Depending on which therapeutic modality is utilised.

Parenting Support:        $50.00 week (optional ... and is available between sessions via email)

The Parenting Support option is available betweens sessions.  This option provides parents with an opportunity to share and work towards resolving their parenting concerns, and receive gentle, supportive, nurturing, therapeutically sound strategies, based on safe, emotion-focused frameworks, with which to support their child's ongoing process, and help to strengthen the parent-child connection.

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.
* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

Adults 18+

Initial Appointment:         $195.00 (please allow up to 2 hours for your first session, which includes a very detailed intake process)

Thereafter:                       $145.00 per session (up to 90 minutes) 

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.

* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

Couples / Relationships

Initial Appointment:         $295.00 (please allow 3 hours for your first session).

The fee for this initial session includes a very detailed intake process.

Thereafter:                     $195 per session (up to 2 hours)  OR

$295.00  (up to 3 hours)

* Skype counselling fees as listed above.

* In-home counselling fees ... add $100 travel fee.

Your initial couples / relationship appointment will involve a detailed interview process, which will help to identify the presenting issues.

*** Before proceeding with further couples therapy sessions, a recommendation for individual therapy may be presented. 

Payment, Cancellation & Late Arrival Policy:

  • Pre-payment (in full) is required to confirm all initial sessions (via credit card or direct deposit).  Fees for all future sessions are processed at the completion of the session.

  • Pre-payment (in full) is required for ongoing parenting support.  

  • Anne Thistleton Counselling asks that clients respect the time and costs involved in specifically setting aside an appointment for them, and where possible, provide advanced notice of an inabiltiy to attend.

  • A 50% cancellation fee is charged for all cancellations within 12 hours of the scheduled appointment period.  No cancellation fee is charged on presentation of a medical certificate.
  • If, on the rare occasion, Anne Thistleton is unavailable to facilitate an appointment, due to illness or circumstances beyond her control, clients will be notified as quickly as possible, and re-scheduling offered at the earliest availability.

  • Unfortunately, appointment times cannot be extended to accommodate late arrivals, as this impinges upon the appointment times of subsequent clients.  Regardless of the amount of limited time utilised during a delayed session, the full fee will still be charged for the allotted time that was set aside.